Exodus 10:16-20 (NIV)
16 Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the LORD your God only to remove this death from me.” 18 So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the LORD. 19 And the LORD turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.
God was involved in this from both ends. He said he would harden Pharaoh’s heart, but also honored the word of Moses by removing the curse from Pharaoh. But we know that Pharaoh renigged on this repetence several times and moses pleaded with him several times too.
What this does make me aware of, is how genuine in my request to God for my forgiveness is and when he does give it, how thankful am I, do I show true repentance, or will I be like Pharaoh? I pray I am not, but in somethings I can tell I am. Maybe it is my thorn in my side? But I realize, I need to pray for the strength to not repeat my sin.
Proverbs 31:8–9 (NIV)
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 30:1 (NIV)
“I am weary, God, but I can prevail.
Proverbs 26:2 (NIV)
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
Proverbs 26:4 (NIV)
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.
Proverbs 26:6 (NIV)
6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:18–19 (NIV)
18 Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
Proverbs 24 (ESV)
24 Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble.
Proverbs 24:5–7 (ESV)
5 A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
Proverbs 24:10–11 (ESV)
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:14 (ESV)
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:17–18 (ESV)
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.
Galatians 6:1 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.